Another custom build completed -- this time in the City of Fridley, Minnesota! We took one of our most popular split-level plans, the Augusta, and modified it to fit our customers' needs. To accommodate this fantastic city lot we found, we opted for a side-load, 2-car garage. Upper level of home has a great open floor concept feel to it along with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We also extended the master suite to have a roomier private bathroom & walk-in closet space.
Our customers nearly doubled the size of their home by choosing to have the basement finished as well. This added a large family room, 2 more bedrooms as well as another bathroom for a total of 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and over 2,200+ finished square feet!
We love how the owners' finishing selections complemented this home's architectural style. Cheers to the newest homeowners in Fridley!
Now, who's next? Contact us today to get a start on designing your next home!
It is an honor and privilege for Tollberg Homes to announce that we have made the Top 25 Builders for 2018! WOW! This is an outstanding accomplishment considering that we are ranked with some of the larger, national builders.
We are so very grateful for all of our customers who have not only built their dream homes with us, but also recommended us to their friends and family. "Love where you live" isn't just our motto -- it's our mission!
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Despite all of the snow we've accumulated here in Minnesota, we have another completed & sold home! We had the privilege and rare opportunity to build in the city of Crystal, Minnesota. Tucked away in a private, cul-de-sac location on Welcome Avenue -- how sweet sounding is that? To no surprise, this location sold pretty quickly!
Pictured is the finished home - one of our popular split-level plans, the Augusta. At 1,246 finished sqft, it features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the upper level & the desired open floor concept in the main living area. Master bedroom has it's own, private 3/4 bathroom. The owners of this home opted to leave basement unfinished. However, finishing the basement of these models can leave owners with nearly double the square footage! Great idea for resale value!
Are you looking to build in Crystal? Or another city in the Twin Cities? Contact us today to see what lots we currently have available to build on!
Another home is completed and a new family has moved in to the Brown's Creek Cove development in Stillwater, Minnesota! We love the coziness that the new owners have added to their home as they chose their selections. Their great room features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with gorgeous, surrounding built-in cabinetry. And what's not to love about their gourmet kitchen? Complete with quartz countertops, walk-in pantry & oversized center island/breakfast bar. Not to mention how the light fixtures add a perfectly bright, modern vibe to the space.
The optional screened in porch was a great addition to the home as well. Perfect for entertaining in the warmer weather while enjoying some fresh air (minus all the bugs!).
There's a new family in town that just closed on their brand new home! It's always refreshing to add new construction to a long-time developed city such as Fridley, Minnesota. Pictured above is the custom rambler that we designed with the new owners. Complete with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms within its over 2,300+ finished square feet! This home features the highly sought after 3 bedrooms on one level, spacious master suite with private bathroom & walk-in closet and an open floor concept on its main level.
Have you considered customizing your next home but not sure where to start? You're in luck! We have stock floor plans of various kinds. Our two most popular rambler styles are the Olympus (1,593 finished sqft) and the Calypso (1,966 finished sqft).
Contact us today to get a jumpstart on designing your next home! (763) 205-2037.
This past week we had the pleasure of handing the keys over to the newest homeowners in Edina, MN! They created this beautiful, custom two-story home. Great detail was put into the finishes and design. Let's just say, brass is BACK! The gourmet kitchen turned out wonderfully - featuring an upright twin refrigerator & freezer set, gas cooktop, double wall oven, bronze pot filler & spacious walk-in pantry. Their oversized center island & breakfast bar is graced with the most beautiful Quartz tops. Lower level was also finished to give the home a whopping 4,000+ square feet of finished living space and features a wet bar.
Professional pictures will be added in the near future. Stay tuned!
Interested in building your dream home in your dream neighborhood? Contact Tollberg Homes today to make your dream a reality! (763) 205-2037
One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself when getting ready to buy your own home is: new or used? While it may seem like a good idea to buy a home that’s move-in ready, there are also a lot of reasons to build your own home.
Here are six reasons buying a new home beats used:
1. Make It Your Dream Home
How many times have you wished things were different in your current house or apartment? When you build new, you have control over nearly every aspect of it, starting with the layout and ending with the color schemes.
If you’re not sure how to go about designing your dream home, don’t worry. A Minneapolis Home Builder like Tollberg Homes will be able to help you create the perfect floorplan for you, or choose from existing plans that others have chosen as proven favorites - either of which can help turn your dreams into a reality.
2. Save Money on Energy Bills
Nothing sucks heat and cool air from your house and drives up energy bills faster than an old drafty home. With drafty windows, outdated insulation, and a worn-out roof, you’ll soon find yourself spending more than you thought possible to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
A new home, on the other hand, will have everything sealed up tight and up to modern standards of technology so you can save money every month on energy bills.
3. Be Safe and Stay Healthy
Old homes have old materials which could be dangerous to you and your family. Things like weakened structures and hidden mold can put your family at risk for unfortunate accidents and illnesses.
Since your brand new home will have all new materials put in with the latest high safety standards, you don’t have to worry about what may be lurking beneath the surfaces of your home. Instead, you can rest assured that your family will be safe and healthy in your new home.
4. Feel Comfortable
Because you don’t have to deal with an old drafty home, you’ll be able to be comfortable in your new home. You’ll stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Not only that, but you also won’t have to worry about some of the inconveniences that come with older houses such as low doorways, tight quarters, or difficult-to-operate faucets.
5. Have Peace of Mind
If something breaks down in an old home, then you’re probably going to have to replace it yourself, whether it’s your stove or the roof. But, when you build you own home, you have warranty options so it will be replaced with no cost to you if something goes wrong, provided you opt for the warranty.
If you do choose the warranty, there’s no better way to have peace of mind than knowing if something breaks down, you’ll be able to have it replaced quickly and free-of-charge.
6. Live in the Future
Today, homes are being built smarter and with plenty of built-in technology. Imagine being able to turn on the lights with your smart phone or checking security cameras from your office computer.
With all of the ways your newly-built home can be integrated with technology, you’ll feel like you’re living in the future.
Hopefully by now it’s clear why building a new home beats used every time! When you’re ready, be sure to give us a call at Tollberg Homes for a free estimate on costs to build your new home, as well as floorplan options and the safe neighborhood options. Call for your private consultation at (763) 205-2037.
If you’re considering buying a new construction home in the Minneapolis MN area, it’s important to find the right builder to do the job. No matter what kind of home you’d like to get, you simply need to make sure you’re hiring a builder with knowledge, experience, and an overall good reputation. There are a few different things you can do to make sure you’re hiring the right new construction home builder to help you with building a home that is perfect for you and your family.
Choose How Involved You’d Like to Be
Before you even begin your search for a reputable builder, you’ll need to decide on your own involvement. Do you have a clear vision of what you want, or at least a lot of ideas you’d like to discuss with the builder, or would you rather leave it up to the professional to give you some choices and handle it all for you? While some people want to have a lot of involvement in the building process, other people prefer to leave the work up to an experience professional who can handle the decisions on the details.
You can choose to work with the builder from the very foundation or simply review their existing floor plans and models that they have already designed. If you like a specific design, the builder will get a better idea of what you’re looking for and specifically prefer in a home. Aside from the design, you’ll need to figure out what types of materials you want the builder to use.
Thankfully, at Tollberg Homes, we offer multiple floor plans within the Tollberg Homes division, and more custom home builder options through our Encore by Tollberg Homes division.
Do Your Research
Take some extra time to do more research to get more familiar with the home building process and the different styles of homes that may be built by different professionals. You can get a lot of ideas by viewing images on Pinterest or Home Builder Online. Along with doing some of your own research, you’ll need to meet with the builder to talk about the process and all the different steps that must be followed.
Deciding on a Floor Plan
Some people have preferences in mind already when it comes to the floor plans for their homes, but don’t have the time or desire to choose every little detail. In that case, there are builders with lots of floor plans to choose from, so it’s good to get a look at standard plans as well as more complex options that you may personally prefer. The best home builders have consultants on staff to help you determine which floor plan will best suit your lifestyle, while still giving you a limited number of options so you can still choose your styles and colors you want, but aren’t overwhelmed with having too many choices.
Understanding the Option of Spec Homes
Did you know some builders offering spec homes? These particular homes may be somewhat complete but just need to have a bit more work done to them. Spec homes are convenient because they’re readily available and that means you’d be able to move in at a faster pace instead of waiting several months or even years before moving in.
Getting Important Information About the Builder
It’s important to feel comfortable with the builder as you start the process, and it’s a great idea to have an in-person meeting for them to understand your needs. In this “interview” interview process, you’ll also ask specific questions to find out more about the kind of work these different builders would be able to do for you. You might even want to take a look at the builder’s portfolio to see some of the work he or she has completed over the past several years.
You’ll likely want to read online reviews and testimonials, or even contact customers who’ve had homes built by the builder. You could ask them about their experiences to see what they liked and didn’t like about the builder. If multiple people have had great experiences with a builder, you’ll likely have a good experience with that specific individual if you were to hire them. The goal is to check if those people like the homes that were built for them because you want to make sure you’re going to like the home that gets built for you and your family.
Check Out the Quality of the Homes
If you’re going to pass by some of the homes built by a builder, make sure you’re getting a good look. You want to see what types of materials were used and you want to view the quality of the work to make sure it’s up to your standards. You don’t want to hire a builder who skimps out on quality and doesn’t put all of his or her effort into the building process. After all, this is a property you may be planning to live in for many years to come and it’s for that reason you’ve got to make sure the right person is building it for you.
And for that reason, don’t ever feel shy in asking a lot of questions. What may seem trivial or not that big of a deal may yield an important answer.
Choose The Best Home Builder
Here at Tollberg Homes, we’re admittedly biased when it comes to Minnesota new construction home building. We’ve been building homes for nearly 20 years and have a lot of experience in helping Twin Cities families find their new home, and we always have your best interest in mind.
Not only do we build fantastic homes designed with close to two dozen floor plans as our guide in Tollberg Homes, but we also provide custom home building in the Minneapolis metro with our high-end custom home division, Encore by Tollberg Homes.
With both of our new home construction divisions, you’re sure to find the home of your dreams that’s “just right” for you and your family. Come and meet with us, and let’s explore your home building ideas and make them a reality.
Schedule your call with Tollberg Homes today at (763) 205-2037.
No matter how long you’ve had your home, it’s likely your most valuable asset and makes up the largest part of your monthly budget. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that you’re protected financially if something happens to it. To help you understand what you need to know about homeowners insurance, we’ve put this post together as a simple guide.
What is Homeowners Insurance?
Put simply, homeowners insurance is designed to cover damages that may occur to your home as a result of risks such as natural disasters and theft. In most cases, all of your belongings are also covered by homeowners insurance as well as other structures on your property such as garages or sheds.
What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?
How much is covered by your homeowners insurance policy depends on what level of insurance you have. For most people, natural disasters such as windstorms, lightning, and excessive weight of snow or ice are all covered. Theft, random vandalism, and damage from rioting are also typically covered.
Something else that homeowners insurance covers is known as personal liability. This refers to your legal responsibility to cover damages if someone is injured on your property, whether by accident or by someone in your family.
For the vast majority of homeowners, there’s no need to worry because nearly everything that could happen to your home is covered, including damage from aircraft. However, there are some things that are not typically covered by homeowners insurance which could cost you if you find yourself facing one of those situations.
What Does Homeowners Insurance NOT Cover?
Because the damage from tornadoes, floods and earthquakes are typically devastating, these are not covered in standard homeowners insurance, though they can often be added onto a policy for an additional cost if you live in an area that is prone to these disasters.
In most cases, things like neglect and intentional damage by the homeowner are also not covered by homeowners insurance. Another cost that is often not covered is changes of ordinances or laws, so if you find yourself with outdated wiring because the law has changed, that’s a cost you’ll need to cover yourself to update it.
How Does Homeowners Insurance Help in the Event of Loss?
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a loss by something that is covered by your homeowners insurance, then you’ll start by filing a claim. From there, how much you get will be determined by whether you have “actual cash value” or “replacement coverage.”
Actual cash value will provide you with money based on the current value of your home and possessions. That means if you paid $1000 for a computer 10 years ago that is now valued at $200, you’ll get $200 for the computer.
Replacement coverage, on the other hand, will provide you with the amount of money that you actually need to replace the item that was lost. So, for that same computer that you bought for $1000, replacement coverage would give you $1000 to buy a brand new computer.
Although replacement coverage is obviously the better option in terms of what you get out of it, it’s also more expensive on a yearly basis which is why people choose to go with actual cash value coverage.
Hopefully this provides you with some basic information so you know what questions to ask when you’re looking for homeowners insurance. Of course, if you choose to purchase a home through Tollberg Homes, you’ll have a solidly built home in pristine condition and all build parameters up to current code.
Questions? Feel free to call Tollberg Homes at (763) 205-2037, or better yet, schedule a consultation to view our new home plans and own a home of your very own!
Did you know that new homes can have warranty options? When you buy a new home, you want to make sure that everything is solid and in working order when you move in. Not all home builders offer any type of warranty, but at Tollberg Homes, we offer several options for warranty coverage.
Of course, we take great care during the lot selection and home building process to make sure that the foundation is solid. But in the event that something goes awry with the buildout, know that there are warranty options that your Tollberg Homes representative can share with you.
At Tollberg Homes, we stand behind our new home construction with several home warranty options. The primary items covered can be found on our website here: https://www.tollberghomes.com/warranty.html
Beyond the home build, many homeowners like to put a warranty on appliances and systems in the home, so having a home warranty is a great way that you can protect yourself financially against having to pay for repairs if any of these should fail you. Since new appliances and equipment usually come with warranties from the manufacturer, it’s not usually worth it to get a home warranty if most of your appliances are newer.
Here are some things that you need to know about home warranties:
For most home warranties, the annual premium is between $500 and $1000, so if you don’t think that you’re going to regularly need repairs on your appliances, it may not be worth it for you, and you may do better hiring someone on your own when problems do arise. That said, if you’re okay with $25-40 per month, many home warranty companies will allow monthly premium payments.
Deductibles or “co-pays” for repairs done under a home warranty are generally between $50 and $100. When choosing whether or not to get a home warranty, you will have to be sure that your appliances are worth enough that this will be worth it.
Many home warranties will not only cover the repair of an appliance or system, but will also completely replace it if it’s not worth fixing. This is where having a home warranty for big house systems like heating and cooling can be a huge advantage as these replacements are often extremely costly.
One of the biggest advantages of having a home warranty is that you don’t have to go shopping for someone to fix or replace your broken appliance. Instead, the insurance company will send someone out as soon as you’ve paid the deductible, so it’s a lot easier on you.
Another advantage of putting your home under warranty is that if you are selling your home, this adds a lot of value to it since everything in the home is protected financially. Many buyers see home warranties as a huge selling point.
Here are some more things to keep in mind when looking for a home appliance warranty company:
Every company is different, so be sure to evaluate your needs before you start looking around. Many companies do not cover pre-existing damage on appliances or systems from normal wear and tear or from a lack of proper maintenance. If you need these covered, then be sure to look for a company that will allow you to cover these appliances with pre-existing wear and tear.
Always look at company reviews before you get too far. Reviews from real users can help you see how quickly the company handles claims and how often claims are denied. Be sure to always take reviews with a grain of salt because people are more likely to post one when they’re unhappy so satisfied customers may not be well-represented, but these will still give you some insight into how they work.
Another thing to look for in reviews is how often the insurance company is willing to replace a damaged appliance. Some will continue doing repairs even when it’s become clear that the appliance needs to be replaced. If you can find out in advance that a company does replace the appliance or system when necessary, that fact alone should make your decision process much easier.
Feel free to contact us at Tollberg Homes to discuss our new home construction warranty options, as well as appliance warranties to consider.